Our Friendly Team


As a patient of Racecourse Physiotherapy Clinic, you’re guaranteed treatment by a close-knit team of professionals – all passionate about giving patients the correct, most appropriate treatment to ensure the best possible outcome.

Maria Sorensen

Business owner, Physiotherapist, Acupuncturist

Maria has been providing effective physiotherapy treatments to patients for 35 years. She qualified at the Otago School of Physiotherapy and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Acupuncture. Her special interest is chronic pain management and sports injuries. She has extensive experience in the treatment of spinal, joint and soft tissue problems.

Maria is a member of Physiotherapy New Zealand (PNZ) and the Physiotherapy Acupuncture Association of New Zealand (PAANZ). Maria uses a multi-faceted approach in her treatment regime.


Sara Scott


Sara is originally from Christchurch. After obtaining her physiotherapy qualification in Auckland in 1986 she spent more than two decades gaining invaluable experience in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions in private practice on the West Coast. Using muscle imbalance analysis, she’s developed a special interest in shoulder and hip problems.

Sara has also been involved in the management of occupational injuries, onsite treatment and job task analysis for a large meat processing plant on the Coast.

As a keen mountain biker, Sara has also done specialised training in bike set-up, cycling injuries and other types of sports injuries.

Gaynor Effie


Gaynor is the helpful voice you’ll hear when you call us with an enquiry or to book an appointment.

She is the smiling face that welcomes patients to our busy practice. With over 15 years’ Administration and Reception experience working physiotherapy clinics, she provides outstanding support to our team.

Other Allied Health Professionals

Racecourse Physiotherapy Clinic shares its premises with a number of Allied Health Professionals. Just like us, the associates who use our practice facilities are totally client-focussed and share our passion for excellence in the provision of services that will ensure the wellbeing of clients:

Positive Step Psychology

Krystyna Rzoska – Registered Clinical Psychologist
021 777 875

Stresscare Physiotherapy

Fiona Young-Mental Health Physiotherapist

Health and Disability Consultant

Olive Webb – Registered Clinical Psychologist
03 3180880


Nicci Will – Registered Midwife
027 467 9541

Megan Lawerence – Registered Midwife
027 221 1859

Karen Perriam – Registered Midwife (Pregnancy Wise)
027 457 1057